Vikafossen

Jolstravatnet, Sogn og Fjordane County, Norway

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About Vikafossen


Hiking Distance: roadside
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Date first visited: 2005-06-29
Date last visited: 2005-06-29

Waterfall Latitude: 61.56459
Waterfall Longitude: 6.48725

Vikafossen was another one of those after-the-fact accidental waterfalls that Julie and I noticed during our late June-early July 2005 trip to Norway, but we were never able to identify for years until recently. The key breakthrough was that I managed to finally recover some lost GPS tracks and waypoints, then superposed them onto our Mapsource product for Europe. From there, we correlated photos, notes, and the aforementioned waypoints and tracks with an improved and updated Norgeskart, and that was when I was finally able to associate our photos with what turned out to be Vikafossen, which was right at the northern head of the lake Jølstravatnet.

This waterfall was at the tail end of our drive through glacier country in a region known as Fjærland where we started this section at Sogndalsfjøra, which eventually ended at the E39 by the town of Skei. In fact, this waterfall was probably a short distance south of the town, but we only noticed it from across the lake Jølstravatnet as we left the Rv5 to go on the E39 bound for the town of Førde. And as you can see from the photo above, it was a beautifully-situated falls fed by the melting icefields above with the serene lake in the foreground and some idyllic homes and farms providing a sense of scale of this pretty obscure but otherwise impressive falls.

Like with most waterfalls we encountered in the country, this was pretty much a roadside waterfall. We managed to find a picnic area along the highway, and so we took our time photographing the falls across the lake (a good zoom would be useful from this vantage point) and otherwise basked in the gorgeous weather and beautiful scenery that was quintessential Norway. Indeed, it seemed like only in a country as full of waterfalls as this that a waterfall like Vikafossen could be treated as so mediocre or unremarkable when it would probably get a lot more love elsewhere. That said, Julie and I felt Norway was one of the most beautiful countries we had ever seen, and an obscure waterfall like this further demonstrated this point.

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Julie and I spotted this waterfall along the E39 highway just under 2km southwest of the Rv5/E39 intersection at Skei. I recalled there was a pullout with a picnic table near Fyglastranda.

Going in the other direction, this pullout was about 41km east along the E39 of the town of Førde.

For context, Skei was about 376km (over 5.5 hours drive with ferry crossings) northwest of Oslo. Førde was 176km (over 3 hours drive) north of Bergen.

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